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With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.
Be an #ArtsHero started with a failed effort to extend unemployment benefits. It’s gone on to be a prime proponent of the message: Cultural work is labor.
Plays by Mike Bartlett, Christina Anderson and Halley Feiffer are watchable at home, too. And for an alternative holiday hit, “Burning Bluebeard.”
Open-air shows. Joint productions. Filmed dress rehearsals. Here’s a faraway close-up on how one theater community has stayed reasonably robust in adversity.
Alan Cumming and Patti LuPone add their voices to this season’s tidings, plus a gender-bending Scrooge and a live broadcast of “The Grinch Musical!”
It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.
As Split Britches, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver have made off-kilter theater for 40 years. Memory loss, and a pandemic, haven’t stopped their creating.
Constance Wu and Samira Wiley star in a Zoom-ified Chekhov play, and Ars Nova punches above its weight with a 24-hour telethon.
With nods to Duchamp and Dada, this interactive production raises questions about fate, narrative convention and the process of making art.
Watch a theater maker’s story of becoming an elected official, Greek tragedies transposed to Chicano America and Daniel Kitson’s tour of the ghostly empty theaters of Britain.
Our theater experts provide a guide to some of the successful (and failed) cinematic adaptations of plays and musicals — all for your streaming pleasure.
In Aaron Posner’s play, there is more than one John Quincy Adams, but only one way to ensure that American democracy endures.
The timing could not be better for Heidi Schreck’s affecting play about the Constitution’s impact on our daily lives, now streaming on Amazon.
New York cabaret houses beef up there digital offerings, and two theater adaptations of “Night of the Living Dead” arrive in time for Halloween.
Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley’s virtual play includes a YouTuber, an influencer and a meme machine. Sometimes total chaos ensues.
Stars including Marisa Tomei, Billy Porter and Rosie O’Donnell dramatize the words of real-life nurses pushed to the brink by the pandemic.
Plus: A marquee cast tackles a Kenneth Lonergan play, and Glenn Close, Beanie Feldstein, Audra McDonald and Melissa Errico go digital.
Who gets to stay? The digital adaptation of a 2018 satire asks the playgoing audience to weigh in from home.
The interstellar adventure deftly mixes the lo-fi aesthetics of budget science fiction with dopey humor and experimental theater’s sensibility.
In a fall season without many live shows, everything is up for grabs. That includes the canon of classics — and where Bill Irwin might be performing.
Before lockdown, she won praise for three fierce Off Broadway performances. Next: starring in an online reading of a rarely seen Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.
The Billie Holiday Theater offers a live performance of “12 Angry Men…and Women: The Weight of the Wait” in front of a Black Lives Matter mural.
Festivals from Sydney and Edinburgh move online, and Richard Nelson mixes in another of his theatrical franchises to conclude a Zoom trilogy.
Among the performances you can catch online are a one-woman show about sexual assault and riffs on “Heart of Darkness” and “Rocky.”
Two critics square off to determine how well this body slam of a comedy, about stereotypes and storytelling, made it to the very small screen.
This month, watch Ming Peiffer’s play about the women’s suffrage movement and a virtual reading that reunites Ed Harris and Bill Pullman.
What happens when the edgy Ice Factory festival goes online? A sense of discovery tempered by frustrating technological glitches.
A roundup of streaming theater: almost naked, kind of sacred, sort of mysterious and more.
This staging by the National Theater of Greece was broadcast live on Saturday from the amphitheater of Epidaurus.
Most of them are available on short notice, after all. Live readings with some of the New Group’s original casts and an Ian Dury jukebox musical are among this week’s highlights.